The Botswanan government condemned President Donald Trump's purported remarks referring to African countries "shitholes", prompting some viewers to question whether a statement ostensibly issued by that country and spread via social media was real.
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Trump reportedly made the remarks at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday (11 January) during which he questioned why the USA would want to accept immigrants from "shithole countries" - referring to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), according to CNN.
Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country.
Young recalls the leader of the Haitian Revolution keeping the US and France from going to war in the late 1700s.
Among his objections, Mr Trump said the USA "would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly".More news: Federer still the man to beat at Melbourne Park
The White House said it's optimistic an agreement can be reached. "There is no other word you can use but "racist".
Choosing to leave out the word "s--hole", the paper said that the remarks immediately sparked "controversy and indignation".
Although Mr. Trump denies using such language, "sh*tholes" was "the exact word used by the president", Durbin recalled.
In Haiti, on the eighth anniversary of a devastating natural disaster that killed about 220,000 people, the government also summoned the top USA diplomat for an explanation, while the Haitian ambassador to Washington called for an apology.More news: Sam Allardyce Left Stunned As Players "Throw In The Towel" Against Spurs
In the event that you had any lingering doubts that President Donald Trump is a racist, it's time to throw away that uncertainty.
A source familiar with the meeting told CNN's Jake Tapper the President did not refer to Haiti as a "shithole" country but Trump did ask why the USA needs more Haitians and pushed to "take them out" of the deal. "It's now, I think, our responsibility to say that his comments don't represent America", said Sen.
Lindsey Graham, who was at the meeting and reportedly confronted the president immediately.
In a Twitter message Friday, the former president accused Mr Trump of pursuing a policy of making America "White Again" instead of "Great Again". His famous "Islam hates us" needs no commentary- yes the religion of over 1.6 billion people came in the line of his fire.More news: Plane stops on cliff's edge after skidding off runway in Turkey
Another Republican, Representative Mia Love of Utah, is a child of Haitian immigrants.